Family Research Council President Tony Perkins joined thousands of Americans in urging the Obama administration to grant immediate refugee status to a Sudanese mother who is in a prison with her 20-month-old son and newborn daughter after being sentenced to 100 lashes and death on charges of apostasy and adultery but is now expected to be freed soon.
“We are encouraged by reports that Meriam and her two small children may be released from a prison that is notorious for torture and its high infant mortality rate,” Perkins said in a statement Saturday, the day after reports said the Sudan government may release 27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim from death row within the next “few days.”
Abdullah Alzareg, an under-secretary at the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, said Sudan guarantees religious freedom and vowed to protect the young mother, according to BBC.
Over 31,000 Americans have signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition in the last three days asking that the U.S. government immediately extend safe haven to Meriam and her two children who are eligible for U.S. citizenship, Perkins said. “We remain deeply concerned about Meriam’s safety in Sudan, especially if she is released back into Sudanese society.”
Meriam’s lawyer, Mohamed Jar Elnabi, has received death threats for representing her in court.
“Earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) that he wasn’t sure he knew about her case but promised to look into the possibility of granting safe haven in the United States. Since then, he has said nothing more publicly,” Perkins said.
SOURCE: ANUGRAH KUMAR